Whetstone High School girls tennis coach Bucky Walters believes his players' work ethic was the key to a second consecutive City League championship this season.

Whetstone High School girls tennis coach Bucky Walters believes his players' work ethic was the key to a second consecutive City League championship this season.

The day before the Braves beat Eastmoor Academy 5-0 on Oct. 17, all of the regulars in their lineup came to a voluntary practice despite the fact that it was being held on a Sunday.

"We kept doing conditioning and went an extra week, so we picked up a match with Big Walnut (a 3-2 loss Oct. 11)," Walters said. "We continued running and practicing and we even had an optional practice on (Oct. 16). Their winning the championship is a tribute to their hard work."

"We always tried to put forth our best effort," senior first singles player Ciara Auddino said. "Each member came to the extra practice because we really wanted to win two in a row. We really wanted to be on top of everything and wanted to have those last couple moments as a team together. We had a bonding moment during practice."

Whetstone finished 15-2 overall and 10-0 in the City League. Eastmoor went 9-1 in the City, including a 5-0 loss to the Braves on Sept. 12, with Centennial (8-2) and Columbus West (7-3) rounding out the top four.

Auddino finished 16-4 overall and junior second singles player Abbie Nypaver went 20-1. Seniors Kate Powers and Megan Sinclair teamed most of the season at first doubles. Their overall records were 18-3 and 17-3, respectively.

Last season, Whetstone beat West 4-1 for the City title. The Braves have won five City titles over the last six seasons.

There were several memorable moments for the players, according to Powers.

"It was awesome (winning the City)," Powers said. "We won it last year, so we were doubly hoping to win it this year. All of the running and conditioning is hard, but you also want to do it for yourself. At the beginning of the year, it's a tradition to go to Bucky's house for a cookout, and that kind of brought everyone together. We do like to have fun, too."

•The boys golf team also defended its City championship, shooting a 190 to win the 11-team tournament Oct. 11 at Mentel Memorial. The Braves finished with 80 overall points based on their total wins over City opponents, followed by Centennial (72), Brookhaven (64), Walnut Ridge (58), Eastmoor (53), East (39), Briggs (32), West (30), Northland (20), Mifflin (16) and South (10).

Senior Jackson Peck shot 44 to earn medalist honors in the City tournament. He and senior Gabe Reece each made first-team all-league, with senior Greg Rogers and freshman Dylan Matthews making the second team and freshman Carson Matthews earning honorable mention.

Also eligible to return are junior Nick Evans, sophomores Andrew Gabalski and Colin McCoy and freshman Quentin Pruneau.

"We played well (in the City tournament)," third-year coach Tom Philip said. "We had the low score for the tournament and ended up ahead of Centennial. We won four out of five matches (against the Stars) this season."

•The girls soccer team's season was highlighted by its participation in the first City championship game.

The Braves, who beat Centennial 2-1 on Oct. 11 to finish 4-0 against City opponents during the regular season, lost to the Stars 1-0 in overtime two days later in the City final at Crew Stadium.

"When we played them (Oct. 11), we each had a few more chances," said Phil Labuhn, who completed his 12th season as coach. "(In the City final), it was a lot bigger field, a wider field, and that helped keep the scoring chances down.

"I probably enjoyed (playing for the City championship) more now than the girls did. They don't really have time to let it sink in. All they remember is that they had chances. In time, I think they'll appreciate it."

Whetstone lost to fourth-seeded Gahanna 7-0 in its Division I district tournament opener Oct. 20 to finish 6-9-2 overall.

Whetstone will lose seniors Libby Adelsberger, Rebecca Beech, Symiah Campbell, Zoe Leach, Brynna McCann and Emily Moffat.

Top returnees should include juniors Alana Bruzzese and Haley Varney and sophomores Marlee Christian, Liz Jackson, Maddy O'Malley and Emma Vandommelen.

•The boys soccer team lost to Worthington Kilbourne 6-0 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 19.

The Braves closed the regular season with a 4-1 victory over Briggs on Oct. 11 and finished 7-10 overall. They went 6-5 in the City to place fifth, behind Brookhaven (10-1), Centennial (9-1-1), Eastmoor (8-3) and Northland (6-3-2).

Matt Barnum, Zak Davidson, Joshua Geno, Brandon Rhodes, Charlie Schank and Suding Seiter comprised the senior class.

Juniors Nate Armstrong, Matt Dasczenzo, Joey Doherty, Eben George, Ty Hamilton, Josh Kurtz, Cameron McCann and Bobby Thompson, sophomore Collin Tuttle and freshman Alec Waitkus are among the players expected to return.

"At the start of the year, we knew we'd have a few growing pains, and while it took us a while to get going, in the end we feel that the season was a success," coach Kerry Nixon said. "We had a couple tough losses, but we never quit in any match that we played this season, which as a coaching staff is all that we can ask for. Despite our record, we all had a great time as a program this year and are excited about the future."

•The girls volleyball team lost to Teays Valley 25-7, 25-7, 25-10 in the first round of the Division I district tournament Oct. 18.

The Braves finished 11-11 overall and tied Centennial for second at 11-3 in the City-North, behind Northland (13-1). Brookhaven (8-6), East (7-7), Beechcroft (4-10), Mifflin (2-14) and Linden-McKinley (0-14) rounded out the standings.

Whetstone beat defending City champion Northland 25-21, 24-26, 27-25, 25-19 on Oct. 11 during the second round of league play and closed the league schedule by beating East 18-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-22, 15-6 on Oct. 13.

Whetstone will lose six seniors in Deitra Benjamin, Sarah Cramer, Lauren McKee, Mercedes Mead, Quincy Repka and Rachel Wiltshire.

Key returnees should include juniors Audrey Bollas, Briana Clemens and Danielle Fisher and sophomores Allie Adelsberger, Katie Kelekes and Val Vokac.

"It was a good season because the kids worked well together," coach Errole Rembert said. "It was a team effort and hopefully (the underclassmen) learned from this group of seniors."